Wines - 2013 YP Vin De Soif
60% Grenache 32% Mataro 8% Carignan
A red wine for summer? - Hell Yes! The Yelland & Papps Vin de Soif is light in body with plenty of delicious flavour and snappy acidity making it the perfect bottle of wine to reach for when the mercury rises and the BBQ is lit. Vin de Soif = thirst quenching wine and that is what this is all about — good wine, good food and good company. Medium red/cherry in colour with vivid, vibrant aromas of macerated summer berries, red & yellow plum fruits with lifted mulberry high tones and a splash crunchy cranberry. There are hints of purple floral notes, marzipan, dried mandarin, Hoi Sin and Asian spice adding to the bouquets complexity.
In the mouth it has a spacious feel, light in body with a definite spring in its step. Again, fruit flavours of ripe plums, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry and cranberry dance around the palate underscored by hints of light Asian spice, almond paste, violets, dried citrus rind, jasmine along with lighter notes of dark soy and licorice that flit around further in the background. The wine shows a lovely flow across the palate with a defined tension between the fruit and the sapid, lip-smacking acidity. It’s full of flavour and energy with a tug of light, chalky tannin wrapping up the proceedings nicely. Delicious at room temperature but don’t be afraid to chill this baby down in the fridge for half an hour if the temperature soars and you are in need of a thirst-quenching fix!
These 3 varieties were hand picked between12th March and 4th April. All parcels were fermented in open fermenters (average of 8% whole bunches) for between 13 and 21 days and gently basket pressed. These small parcels of wine were then transferred to 100% old French and American barrels for 17 months maturation. This wine has had minimal intervention to maintain purity, unfined and unfiltered prior to bottling.
Bottled – 1st October 2014
pH – 3.40
TA – 6.72
Alc – 14 %
Grenache coming from 10 – 60 year old vineyards from 4 different sub regions of the Barossa, Mataro and Carignan from 40 year old blocks at Light Pass
- Good - Steve Leszczynski - QWine Blog
A blend of Grenache, Mataro and Carignan (60/32/8%). Eight percent whole bunches were used as was old French and American oak for 17 months. Not fined nor filtered.
But this is not your average BBQ steak chaser. There's plenty of interest to keep you on your toes. Take the mandarin peel aromas for instance. This is followed by a basket full of berries and even a whiff of purple flowers take shape before lining up a subtle blow. Lighter than expected, fruit coats the mouth well. An alluring warmth follows before an acid crunch sweeps in finished by juicy tannins. Drink in the medium term but its ready to go now.
- 90 - Stuart Robinson - The Vinsomniac
This is the third consecutive release of Yelland and Papps 'Vin de Soif'(literally: 'thirst for wine') - previous vintages reviewed here. The blend may be tweaked somewhat in each vintage - in this guise its a mix of Grenache, Mataro and Carignan - but for this scribe, the intent doesn't.
Florals, musky - approaching the funk of fermented charcuterie - a little spice and dark fruit. Licorice twists, crunch of texture, meat and spice. For me, this is the kind of wine where the less said is often the better.
Yes, I could reel of shopping lists of descriptors, but the thing that always draws me back to this wine is its inherent drinkable - its 'soifness'if you like. Such easy drinking pleasure, so more-ish, does what it says in the tin. 90
- 93 points - Tony Love - The Advertiser Taste Top 100
A 60% Grenache dominant blend that bypasses the usual shiraz flavour of more mataro (32%) and carignan, another of the famed Rhone varieties - the overall design celebrating the Barossa's varietal heritage in fresh and uncomplicated way with abundant red fruits plenty of juice to slurp up and the faintest of light oak and kitchen herb edges for an extra suggestion of complexity. Fun drinking, light and easy.
- 92 - Ray Jordan - Ray Jordans Top 100 Reds The West Australian
A blend of grenache and mataro with a small amount of carrignan.
A lovely elegant wine with a gentle palate of persistence on a medium-bodied palate. I like the acid on the finish, which keeps it nice and focused.
- 92 - James Halliday - 2016 Wine Companion